A two person show held at a local gallery in Karachi showcased the wonderful works and talent of Riffat Alvi and Aliya Husain Ahmad. The artists have beautifully presented ceramics , the most accessible of mediums, pushing it to new limits and examining complexities of the world around us to inspire fresh perspectives.
Riffat Alvi is well known in the Pakistani art community for her contribution towards
the development of arts in Pakistan. She is responsible for providing a platform for many emerging artists who have gone on to become well established names locally as well as internationally. At the same time, Rifat has worked heavily with ceramics and is renowned for her use of earth as pigments in creating her three dimensional ceramic pieces.
This particular series, Conference of Birds, is a tribute to nature. Birds are synonymous with flight and are a potent symbol and embodiment of many of mans hopes and dreams. They connote both the human and the divine spirit through their soaring freedom of movement, and their linking of earth and sky. Riffat pays close attention to detail and a closer look of her work shows how carefully and intricately each of her little birds are made.
Aliya Husain Ahmad, is a self-taught Pakistani artist, currently based in Bahrain. Aliya has spent years reading, researching and experimenting. Having studied Jewellery Design in Toronto has allowed Aliya to use her knowledge with metalwork and incorporate it in her work. She has a very distinct style which makes her work stand out.
Each piece done by Aliya is unique. “Working on a piece is always a journey of discovery for me. I never know in advance. In the end reading my own art , feels to me, like the language of my interactions during the day, and dreams during the night.”
A sculpture that particularly stands out is called, Two Faced Woman.
It shows a face, split into two, each showing a different set of features and expressions. It’s a moving piece as it forces the viewers to reflect within themselves and understand how we are all, to a certain extent, much like that. We often put on a face for the world which is completely different than who we may be. People are multifaceted and there are many sides to each person, some of which are seen and some which are hidden, intentionally and unintentionally.
A lovely collection of ceramics, by two extremely talented and skilled women.